Sunset over the Tre Cime

Classic Dolomites

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4.7 / 5 from 88 reviews
Walking & Trekking
Activity level:
Moderate
Activity Rating - Moderate
Trip code: 
TWU
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Group size:
4–16
Ages:
16+

Trek through the Italian Dolomites. To extend your adventure and lower your impact, consider taking the train to this trip.

The small village of Villabassa close to the Austrian border and sandwiched between the spectacular, jagged limestone peaks is the perfect base for this Dolomites walking week. From here we enjoy an excellent choice of routes with the opportunity to relax in comfort at the end of a day's walking.

We venture into the Fanes-Sennes and Dolomiti di Sesto National Parks for great views of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Along the way we also visit numerous open-air museums, reflecting the status of these imposing mountains as the frontline of the fighting between Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire in WWI. 

Highlights

  • 4-star hotel with delicious food, warm family hospitality and wellness centre
  • Tre Cime di Lavaredo, UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Challenging (level 5) on selected departures
  • SPECIAL OFFER on room upgrades

Key information

  • 7 nights 4-star Hotel Adler
  • 5 days centre-based walking; one free day.
  • Altitude maximum 2539m (level 3) / 2839m (level 5), average 2300m
  • Not recommended for vertigo sufferers
  • Countries visited: Italy

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request) 
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Local taxes (approx. EUR 10, see Trip Notes)
Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for private group trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Responsible Travel

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

On this trip, we spend the week in locally owned Hotel Adler that has a strong commitment to use 100% clean energy where hot water is supplied from central heating supplied by solar energy, whilst electricity is hydro-powered. They also employ local staff and uses local produce wherever possible which ensures that we are directly benefitting the local community.

As a walking holiday, we actively encourage clients to interact with the locals, visit local cafes and bars, support local produce and craft and to experience what life is really like in this region of Italy. Additionally, walking trips like this have very little detrimental impact on the environment and the locals as it is a quiet, low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support.

In March 2019, Exodus Travels launched the Exodus Travels Foundation where we support initiatives all around the world. But it cannot exist without travellers who care. Get involved or learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus here

Itinerary

Villabassa
to
Villabassa
  • Day 1

    Start Villabassa.

    Start at the Hotel Adler in Villabassa.The leader will give a short briefing to give an overview of the week ahead and give you any useful information.

  • Day 2

    Lago di Braies (level 3 weeks)

    The ideal start to visiting this vast area is a walk straight from the hotel through the very pretty, flower-filled Braies Valley. We walk through small villages and farmland until we reach the magnificent Lago di Braies, one of the 297 glacial lakes in the area. It is certainly one of the most beautiful thanks to being surrounded by jagged peaks that are reflected in the extraordinary mirror-like surface of the lake. We follow the route of 'SS hostages', the leaders of 19 countries who were freed after the First World War by the inhabitants of Villabassa.

    Approx. distance 14km, 650m ascent, 255m descent.

    Rossalmhütte (level 5 weeks)

    Some departures of this trip are at Level 5. On these weeks the walks completed are slightly different. 

    We start our walk today from the beautiful Lago di Braies and ascend to Rossalmhütte. 

    Approx. distance 15km, 750m ascent, 1000m descent.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Kreutzberg Pass to Nemes Alm (level 3)

    Today we explore high pastures and ridges along the Austrian border. We walk steadily exploring the meadows under the ridge of Knieberg. We have great views towards the Rotwand and Monte Popera. Later afternoon we visit Alpe Nemes hut where we could enjoy a drink and a home made apple strudel.

    Approx distance 14-16km. 6-700m ascent, 6-700m descent.

    Kreuzberg Pass to Knieberg (level 5 week)

    Following a different track to the level 3 weeks, we aim to summit Knieberg, descending later in the afternoon to Alpe Nemes hut.

     Approx. distance 21 km, 1000m ascent, 1000m descent.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Climb up towards Strudelkopf (level 3 weeks)

    We start the walk at 2000m altitude walking amongst beautiful wildflowers and ascends to the summit of Strudlekopf (2307m). We stop at the Durrenstein hut in the early afternoon to check the local Kaiserschmarren speciality. On a clear day, from the summit, we can enjoy views of the Tre Cime, Monte Piana and Monte Cristallo.

    Approx. distance 15km. 500m ascent, 1000m descent.

    Durrenstein Summit (level 5 weeks)

    Starting at Platzwiese, we walk to the summit of Durrenstein (2839m), a majestic peak which boasts views all the way to the Austrian Tyrol.

    Approx. distance 15km, 900m ascent, 900m descent.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Free day

    A free day to relax in the hotel's wellness centre or take a self-guided cycle ride around this wonderful area. Alternatively, you can make your way to Bolzano to visit a museum dedicated to Oetzi, the 5000 year-old 'iceman' whose remarkably well-preserved body was found in 1991 high on a glacier on the Austro-Italian frontier. Or you could journey to the attractive provincial capital of Lienz in Austria; or closer to the cosy town of Brunico.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Tre Cime di Lavaredo (level 3 weeks)

    We enjoy a memorable walk under the famous 'Three Chimneys', or Tre Cime di Lavaredo (or Drei Zinnen in German). Set amid one of the classic mountain groups of this area, our walk around these impressive peaks is certainly a highlight of the week.

    Approx distance 18km, 550m ascent, 1100 descent.

    Tre Cime di Lavaredo (level 5 weeks)

    Today we complete a beautiful walk near the spectacular Tre Cime di Lavaredo; we then follow the path on the north side of Paternkofel heading to the Comici hut above Fischleintal.

    Approx. distance 19km, 600m ascent, 1400m descent.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Monte Piano (level 3 weeks)

    To complete the week, we take the amazing estern approach route up Monte Piana. After 600m ascent we find ourselves upon the flat-topped mountain surrounded by some of the most impressive scenery in the Dolomites. It is the site of an open-air museum dedicated to the First World War where trenches, dugouts and shell craters can be seen amongst the many alpine flowers. On our return, we have time to spot the brilliant blue gentians, alpine white edelweiss and bright saffron that create a beautiful scene around Lake Misurina, thanks to the beautiful pink of the limestone rock.

    Approx distance 15km, 700m ascent, 800m descent.

    Monte Piana (level 5 weeks)

    We ascend the southern crag, with the aid of few bridges and a ladder; there is then time to explore the open-air museum, stretched between the northern summit of Monte Piano and the southern summit of Monte Piana.

    Approx. distance 13km, 1000m ascent, 700m descent.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Villabassa.

    The tour ends in Villabassa.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners.

Please note an evening meal is not included on the first night, as the group flights may arrive late into Villabassa. Sandwiches or snacks are available at the airport (the leader can suggest options).

For breakfast, the hotel offers a large selection of cereals, fruit, cheese and cold meats, (along with tea and coffee of course).

5 pack lunches are provided by the hotel. Each morning there is a small buffet with items to make your own lunch (e.g. bread rolls, ham, salad...) In an effort to minimise the use of plastic and single-use items, the hotel provides Tupperware-type boxes and reusable cutlery. 

There is a set menu for evening meals (usually 3 or 4 courses), which may include some local specialties such as Speckknodel (dumplings type of dish). Most weeks the hotel will have a traditional Tyrolean evening in the restaurant. 

Weather

In the Dolomites, (as always in the mountains), the weather is very changeable. On average in summer months you can expect some rain on one day in two, but it is likely to come in heavy and thundery outbursts of relatively short duration rather than prolonged showers. In the valleys, daytime temperatures range on average from 12º to 22ºC, although 25º is not unusual. Up in the mountains, it will be a few degrees colder. There are always patches of snow remaining on the higher peaks late May and early November, and sometimes due to unpredictable winter weather, this can remain for a little longer. There is always a possibility of snowfall at any time of the season, therefore you need to be ready for anything, so pack shorts as well as warmer clothes; full waterproofs as well as sun cream.

Is this trip for you?

Due to the nature of the terrain on this trip, neither walking levels are recommended for vertigo sufferers.

Level 3 - Moderate Walking or Level 5 - Challenging Walking, date dependent.

We enjoy walks in the same areas on each trip, but the length and difficulty vary according to the walking level. Please make sure you choose the week that best suits your ability.

Most weeks offer moderate walking (level 3), where we usually walk between 5 and 7 hours per day. The area we are visiting is criss-crossed by a network of long-established trails and walking paths, most of them well maintained and waymarked. Even so, paths are rocky and on occasion exposed. A reasonable level of fitness is required for these weeks.

On some weeks, we offer challenging walking (level 5). On these departures, we usually walk between 6 and 8 hours per day at a steady pace. We use established trails and mountain paths, which are often steep, rocky and more exposed than the level 3 walks. For these departures, you will need to be surefooted and have a good level of fitness. Some fixed equipment and easy via ferrata may be encountered.

The exact itinerary (and therefore the length of each walk) may vary depending on weather conditions or other factors beyond our control. Whilst aiming to always follow the routes described in these trip notes, it will be the leader's decision to amend the itinerary if and when necessary. Altitude maximum 2839m, average 2300m.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for private group trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotel Adler - 4 Star *

Hotel Adler
Hotel Adler

The week is based at Hotel Adler, a 4-star hotel in Villabassa. Located on the village square, this quality hotel is considered the 'best in town'. All bedrooms (some with showers and some with baths) have tea/coffee making facilities (for a fee), minibar and TV.

  • Renewed cosy bar and restaurant often busy with locals and with a relaxing lounge for peaceful reading
  • Superb indoor pool and wellness centre with sauna, steam room, solarium and small fitness centre
  • The passion of hospitality in rooms that write 400 years of history  

 The Spa at the Adler

ROOM UPGRADE - EXODUS SPECIAL OFFER

If you wish for even more comfort, the Hotel Adler is able to offer upgrades for a special price, exclusive to Exodus. There are various types of rooms you can choose from. Contact us for prices and availability. 

 

Single rooms

A limited number of double rooms for single use are available for a supplement.

 

The accommodation shown has been booked and agreed in advance, however we may need to make changes to a property of similar or higher standard after you have booked. While we will endeavour to inform you of any changes in advance which could, on rare occasions, be at late notice.

Hotel Adler
Hotel Adler
Food
Food
Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for private group trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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Experts

Contact a member of staff who has done this trip

Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for private group trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed July 2022

    Awesome once you get there.

    Fantastic holiday. Just do it!!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Auronzo di Cadore with the three peaks was probably the most spectacular day. Lago di Braies made for a refreshing dip in the heat.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader Karl and his wife Elaine were great people with just the right mix of experience and friendliness. Thank you very much for a wonderful week.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The accommodation at Hotel Adler was excellent and the food fantastic. A great base to come back to every day.
  • Reviewed July 2022

    Classic Dolomites July 2022

    Stunning views, beautiful accommodations, and delicious food sum up this trip. Each hike was distinctive for its history, geology, and botany-not to mention the spectacular vistas. Karl guided us through the mountains imparting folk lore, WWI history, floral identification, and geomorphology with humor. The Hotel Adler’s staff was very friendly and accommodating.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sitting on top of a mountain eating lunch next to a WWI trench while gazing at the Tre Cimes. It made me ponder the silliness of man and the beauty of nature.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Karl embodied the perfect guide with his extensive knowledge of the mountains and concern for the group’s safety. His humor was also appreciated!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack for rain ( including rain pants)and cooler temps.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Yes, do it! You won’t regret going on this trip!
  • Reviewed July 2022

    Unforgettable experience not to be missed!

    The town Niederdorf/Villabassa is quaint, the hotel Adler is a haven for relaxation, Christian and the hotel staff are warm, friendly, welcoming and accommodating, the cuisine is mouth watering, the scenic hikes are breathtaking, the guide Karl is legendary ...

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Every day had a unique highlight. I found the heights of the Monte Piano climb (day 7) thrilling in a safe manner, and the exploration of, and views from, the historical tunnels were intriguing! Reaching the highest point of the week (day 6) and the trek around the Drei Zinnen/Tre Cime was an adventure in itself.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    It was a huge privilege to have Karl as our guide. What makes Karl exceptional is his true passion for hiking and we felt safe in his capable hands. He is warm-hearted, knowledgeable and has a delightful sense of humor! Karl was always game for fun too, which really impressed me.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes, do this trip!!!
  • Reviewed July 2022

    'high'ly recommended

    What a pleasure to experience the cool and cold in the midst of a scorching summer! With knowledgeable and witty guide, top accommodation and perfect weather.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    All the beauty around enjoyed through challenging oneself, unpredictable weather. Plus the flowers!!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for rain, always

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Challenge people to forget taking pictures and taking in memories through the senses.
  • Reviewed October 2021

    Just amazing, in every way..

    This was such an amazing trip that weeks later here at home I find myself missing the hiking, the mountains, the people the food, (and even the 6:30 AM church bells!! Go figure!) I’m so happy I was able to be part of this trip, I will never forget the beauty of the mountains and lakes we visited, and the their history that our guide Karl shared with us each day as we explored a new mountain range. I cant imagine a better guide than Karl. He was a calm, confident knowledgable (and funny!) presence we could count on each day. The best.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I was inspired by the beauty of each hike and how different they each were! Karl was so intimately familiar with the regions we hiked in, that he took us off the beaten paths and always found THE most glorious spots for us to sit for our lunches.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    See above! The best👍🏼

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don’t miss out on this one!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The Hotel Adler and all the staff were outstanding. The dinners were classic 5 course meals, and just delicious. The setting is beautiful as well.
  • Reviewed October 2021

    Review of Sept-Oct 2021 hiking in the Dolomites

    This trip was certainly one of the best and most memorable of my life! I have been home for a number of weeks now and I am still basking in the memories of this trip and missing the daily excursions in the Dolomites. The adventure vacation of this particular trip was only super-enhanced by the expert guide, Karl, and the wonderful accommodations at the Adler Hotel!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Karl encouraged each of us to challenge ourselves and in doing so, he took great care to ensure all were safe and that each of us felt safe. The most inspirational moment for me was on the day we hiked along narrow paths while holding a cable for stability. It was breath-takingly beautiful, it was challenging, and it was soul-filling.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Karl Mather is a genius. Not only is he a highly trained and skilled guide in the Dolomite region, he was able to read the very diverse abilities of our group of 16 hikers, anticipate daily weather conditions, and consider daily adventures that would be most interesting to this particular group of hikers and adventure seekers. Karl was deliberate in each day's hike and he provided a drastically diverse experience each day, and the group quickly grew to trust him completely. This trip and these memories would not be possible without Karl as our guide. I would love to go on another adventure vacation with Karl guiding!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    GO!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The Alder Hotel and staff in the little town of Niederdorf/Villabassa were impressive. There was an abundance of food and the varied spa accommodations at the hotel are exactly what is needed after a long day's hike. I would go on this trip again with Karl as the guide and at this same Hotel.
  • Reviewed October 2021

    Fantastic stay in the Dolomites

    It is difficult find the words to describe the majestic Dolomites. SPECTACULAR! This is a region steeped unforgettable views and history. Our treks each day left us reeling and amazed by the beauty. Our guide Karl Mather was outstanding! (more on Karl below) The Adler Hotel in Villabassa was a perfect respite after our long tracks each day. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. The rooms were comfortable and the spa/pool was beautiful. A great way to end the day sooth your aching muscles.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The never ending awe inspiring beauty!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Karl Mather was an excellent and experienced guide. He led our group with professionalism, confidence and humor. Karl is a true historian of the area. He shared many interesting (and some humorous) stories as we hiked along the trails. Karl set just the right pace for our hikes each day. He gets to know his hikers abilities, strengths and weaknesses and carefully (and safely) encourages you to push your limits. Karl was a joy to get to know and travel with.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I highly recommend exodus and especially our guide Karl Mather!
  • Reviewed October 2021

    Mighty Trek

    This region bursts with unique landscapes, peaceful villages and majestic mountains. There's no better way to experience its vast beauty than this northern Italy week long hiking tour. beautiful architecture, culture and incredible landscapes, for a challenging adventure through the far north of Italy, the Italian Dolomites hiking adventure hit just the spot!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    A 19km up, around and under the ‘three chimneys’ The tre cime di lavaredo. Highlight of the week, physically exhausting, but breathtaking, and spiritual. Elevation ~ 8200’.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    A small group (16) hike in the Dolomites, IT. Sept/Oct. 2021, From the USA. Karl M. Is a true professional, (over 30 years of experience) as well as kind, knowledgeable, and deeply passionate, a gentle man. Awe inspiring to travel these mountains treks under his care and safety for sure. All MUST EXPERIENCE the true beauty of this part of the world with his leadership and expertise. Thanks Karl!
  • Reviewed October 2021

    A Great trek and stay in the Dolomites

    The hotel was perfect for our group trekking adventure; the food was excellent, the staff was attentive and knowledgeable. The pool and spa area after our daily hikes was a treat and helped me recover for the next day. The staff to a person was courteous and pleasant. Our guide for the week was Karl , a very experienced all season hiker, mountaineer and climber who accommodated the wide range of abilities our group presented. Every day brought something new and his knowledge of local flora and fauna was amazing. He also brought us to historical sites in the mountains and allowed us to explore areas in depth. Karl made the trip so much more enjoyable with his confidence and easy going manner,- all our questions and concerns were answered and addressed with professionalism. I can recommend this trip with great confidence and I hope to be able to visit the region again.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The views of the 3 chimneys was spectacular and was a treat for the senses The Mt. Piano area with the tunnels, trenches and via Ferrata was over the top.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Refer to the summary above. I can’t say enough about him: his experience, knowledge , and confidence made the trip that much more enjoyable. We able to spend some time with him socially and that was a treat .

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You will be at altitude so be sure to train with some long hikes and elevation gain to get yourself prepared.
  • Reviewed October 2021

    Spectacular

    What a wonderful experience! I had complete confidence in our tour guide Karl - his expertise, knowledge and humor made this trip a wonderful trip. Karl was able to assess our group and tailor our hikes to our abilities and challenged each of us. His knowledge of the Dolomites and the incredible history of the area and his explanations made this trip incredibly interesting as well. He kept our minds and bodies busy! Hotel Adler - wonderful to come back to after a day of hiking. The spa and pool was such a nice luxury to enjoy after a day of hiking. The food was plenty and delicious. The staff at Hotel Adler made every effort to ensure our stay was perfect. I highly recommend this trip!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The breathtaking views of the mountains. I was in awe.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Karl was fantastic! I have complete confidence in his abilities and enjoyed listening to him tell us about the Dolomites and the history of the area. His sense of humor made every day fun. He set the bar VERY high for any other group leader that I may have on my next adventure!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Book with Exodus!

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